• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Geert Wilders Speaks At Free Speech Conference

DEN HAAG-VERKIEZINGEN-DEBATGeert Wilders is the Chair of the Parliamentary Party (Party for Freedom) in the House of Representatives of the Netherlands. He has been outspoken on the issues of immigration, Islamic fundamentalism and freedom of speech. His provocative 2008 film about Islam in the Netherlands, Fitna, has received international attention. Due to death threats, he has been forced into guarded isolation. These are some of Geert Wilders’ recent remarks at the Free Speech Summit in Palm Peach, Florida:

I wish I had come to a place they call they call The Sunshine State with better news, but it would be very unwise to deny that the situation indeed is very gloomy, and it might take a while for you to understand the situation that we are in now. Maybe you as Americans still think that Europe is a place with a great culture and a profound way of looking at things. Maybe you see immigration as something that is inherently good for our country as it contributed so much for the United States, and I understand that. But Ladies and Gentleman the Europe as you know it from visiting Europe or from stories from your parents or friends or whoever, is on the verge of collapsing.

We are now witnessing profound changes that will forever alter Europe’s destiny and might send the Continent in what Ronald Reagan once called: “A thousand years of darkness.

And the takeover of Europe, that is currently taking place, is part of a global fight, a global fight of Islam for World domination.

Let me tell you first, that Islam is not a religion. Islam is a totalitarian political ideology. Islam hearts lies at the Koran and the Koran is a book that calls for hatred, that calls for violence, for murder, for terrorism, for war and submission.

The Koran calls upon Muslims to kill Kuffars, non-Muslims. The Koran describes Jews as monkeys and pigs, and Churchill, and I agree with him, Churchill compared the Koran, the book in the 50’s, to Adolf Hitlers book Mein Kampf.

Ladies and Gentleman the core of the problem with Islam is twofold, First, the commands of the Koran are not limited by place or time, they apply for all time, to all Muslims of the World.

Second, the Koran is Allah’s personal words that leaves no room for interpretation, therefore, there is not such a thing as a moderate Islam. Of course, there are many moderate Muslims, but a moderate Islam does not exist.

As the Turkish Prime Minister Mr. Erdoğan once rightfully said, he said: “There is no moderate Islam, Islam is Islam”

Continue reading. . . .

Lt Colonel Allen West was also present at the Free Speech Conference and was interviewed by Atlas Shrugs:

Meditating On The Bible

bible123Quoting William Bridge:

Meditation will keep your hearts and souls from sinful thoughts. When the vessel is full you can put in no more…. If the heart be full of sinful thoughts, there is no room for holy and heavenly thoughts: if the heart be full of holy and heavenly thoughts by meditation, there is no room for evil and sinful thoughts.

Elementary Thoughts: Selfishness – Part 6

principalAll of us know that children have to face a variety of problems as they grow up. Some of these problems are serious. Some are not. This is simply a part of the maturation process. It is as natural as puberty. The way these problems are handled, however, can have positive or negative effects for a lifetime. Such issues as homework and study habits may not seem very complex, but in the perspective of time they may have a tremendous impact on the ability of an individual to develop the skills necessary for self discipline and a successful lifestyle. The active and caring involvement of an adult can make a significant difference in these areas of a child’s life. We must also remember that children want and need our involvement in the easy times and the hard. If you want your child to respect your opinion when he becomes a teenager, you have to invest the time to build your relationship while he is still a child.

What was the unique heritage your parents passed on to you? What are you “saving up” for your children? Memories are like small voices speaking from a special time and place in our past. They give us a distinct perspective of the present and the future. Have you ever found your thoughts taking you to the past and the emotions you felt long ago when you were faced with circumstances similar to a present experience? Our current attitudes and responses are often the result of those experiences.

Memories can be a storehouse of pain. Past hurts seem to lie in waiting for the appropriate moment to spring into our thinking. They can weld the power to torment us as we try to make decisions. They can cause us to view the future with fear and uncertainty. They can prevent us from forming new relationships and setting new goals. Negative memories can depreciate our individual dignity and self-worth. They can give us a sense of hopelessness concerning the future. It sometimes seems as if every negative insinuation that ever came our way can be brought to remembrance. Like a malignant cancer, hurtful memories can destroy life.

Memories can also be a powerful source of healing. They can provide comfort and security in the midst of stressful circumstances and overwhelming problems. They can reassure us when our self esteem has been damaged by the thoughtlessness of others and temporary setbacks in our goals. They can motivate us to continue with determination when opposition from the world would bring us to a standstill. They can even help us to forgive.

I believe that even our attitudes toward God, and our feeling of security in the relationship we have with Him, are often determined by our memories of past relationships within our families. I especially believe that our memories of our parents are significant in either enhancing or limiting our ability to trust God with the outcome of our lives.

Were our parents dependable? Did they keep their word to us as we were growing up? Did they create a stable home environment for us? Did we feel nurtured, loved, and accepted? Did we really believe that our parents valued us? All of these questions raise issues that we carry, for better or worse, in our conscious and subconscious memories for a lifetime. The way we answer these questions is a continuing source of strength or pain. (Continued tomorrow)

The Grab For Power

Quoting Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich:

“We are seeing the biggest power grab by politicians in American history. The idea that they would propose that the Treasury could intervene and take over non-bank, non-financial system assets gives them the potential to basically create the equivalent of a dictatorship.”

Soros Commission Pushes For Show Trials

Quoting Matthew Vadum:

The so-called Commission on Accountability which mysteriously appeared on the political scene a few days ago to push for show trials related to War on Terror interrogation policies is a PR hoax created by liberal philanthropist George Soros and political operatives sympathetic to the Obama administration.

The push is part of a vindictive campaign to pay back the architects of the War on Terror for making a good faith effort to defend America. . . .

Continue reading. . . .

Is God Unfair?

the-gospelFrom: The Desk of John MacArthur

“Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who reside as aliens scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father by the sanctifying work of the Spirit that you may obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: may grace and peace be yours in fullest measure.” (1 Peter 1:1)

Now the essence of this salutation as Peter begins his letter is to emphasize that those to whom he writes are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father. And thus does Peter take a theological plunge of profoundly deep proportions at the very outset of this letter. The lesson for us tonight is going to deal with the subject of election, or being chosen by God. . . .

The gifted Bible teacher, scholar, A. W. Pink who, by the way, died in 1952, once began a sermon by saying this, “I am going to speak tonight on one of the most hated doctrines of the Bible, namely that of God’s sovereign election,” end quote. He was right. It is a hated doctrine.

He later wrote these words, and I find them very insightful, “God’s sovereign election is the truth most loathed and reviled by the majority of those claiming to be believers. Let it be plainly announced that salvation originated not in the will of man but in the will of God that were it not so none would or could be saved. For as the result of the Fall man has lost all desire and will unto that which is good and that even the elect themselves have to be made willing and loud will be the cries of indignation against such teaching.” Then he says, “Merit-mongers will not allow the supremacy of the divine will and the impotency of the human will. Consequently they who are the most bitter in denouncing election by the sovereign pleasure of God are the warmest in crying up the free will of fallen man,” end quote.

What he’s saying is it’s hard for some people to accept the biblical doctrine of sovereign election. It’s hard for man to acknowledge the fact that his salvation is an act of God. In his fallenness he wants to assume some responsibility, even if it’s a small responsibility, for having believed. He wants some credit desperately for having made a right choice.

Furthermore, the doctrine of election seems repulsive to us because by our standards it seems unfair that God should out of all the world of human beings choose some at His own discretion to be saved and not the rest. But you understand, don’t you, that the reason man so desperately wants to have a part is because in his fallenness he wants to exercise his pride. And so we can eliminate that as a real issue, it only is an expression of fallenness. What about the part about being unfair? Is God unfair? No, God is never to be measured by any human standard, certainly not by the human standard of fairness which is also a reflection of man’s…what?…fallenness. Are we so foolish as to assume that we who are fallen sinful creatures have a higher standard of what is right than an unfallen and infinitely and eternally holy God? What kind of pride is that? Therein lies the real problem.

In Psalm 50:21 God said, “You thought that I was all together like you, how wrong you are.” So many places in the Bible warn us not to assume that what we believe is the standard by which God must function. It says in Psalm 97 verse 2, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Righteousness and justice are the very foundation of the throne of God. That is to say whatever God does proceeds from a base of righteousness and justice. It may not be human righteousness and human justice but it is divine.

In those familiar words of Isaiah 55:8 and 9, the Scripture says of God, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord, for as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” We are in no position as fallen creatures to determine whether what God does is just, right or fair.

In Romans 11:33 the Apostle writes, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God, how unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways for who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has become His counselor?” You’ve stepped out of bounds when you say that God does anything that isn’t fair.

House Passes Hate Crimes Act

gayfistThe U.S. House of Representatives has approved legislation that protects bizarre sexual orientations and threatens the free speech and freedom of religion of those who dare speak out publicly against homosexuality. By a 249-to-175 vote, the House passed the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act today. The bill adds gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation to the list of protected categories under federal hate crimes law.

Congressional support is ignoring the case of eleven Christians in Philadelphia who were charged with hate crimes for sharing Scripture verses at a homosexual pride rally. These Philadelphia Christians were arrested and jailed based on hate crime law. Despite the promises of those who say it will not happen, a pastor who delivers a sermon denouncing homosexuality or transgenderism could be prosecuted for hate speech under the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act if it passes in the US Senate.

The citizens of Canada were led to believe that these laws would apply only to violent acts. The reality, however, is that religious freedom and free speech in Canada no longer exists as we know them in the US. In Canada, people have been prosecuted for saying that homosexuality is immoral or sinful.

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